The Toa Nuva wearing their Adaptive Armor
|Function||Automatically adapts to aid user in surrounding environment|
Adaptive Armor is specialized Protosteel armor designed by Artakha and worn by the Toa Nuva. The armor detects its environment using onboard sensors and automatically shapeshifts to fit its wearer's surroundings, but nothing else, like attacks. There is, however, a limit to how much the armor can protect the wearer. In addition to the plating itself, a full suit of Adaptive Armor includes adaptive Protosteel Toa Tools, Kanohi/Kanohi Nuva, and launcher weapons. The armor does not change color.
When in its default configuration, Adaptive Armor looks similar to its wearer's ordinary armor.
In the skies of Karda Nui, the armor optimized itself for flight. Specific flight equipment, such as jets and wings, varied by user. The armor also formed a yellow-green filter over the Toa's eyes to protect them from damage at high speeds.
The armor used in Karda Nui's swamp was similar to that used in its skies; the major difference was that rather than shapeshifting high speed flight equipment, the armor used less powerful jets and fins to keep the user above the swamp floor. An eye filter was also active in this form.
When the Toa Nuva pilot vehicles such as the Rockoh T3, Jetrax T6, and Axalara T9, their armor deactivates all extra equipment, including their adaptive Toa Tools. Their masks also gain aerodynamic fins and shapeshift visors that feature head-up displays for targeting purposes.
When Tahu and the other Toa Nuva emerged from the Great Spirit Robot onto the desert of Bara Magna, their armor adapted to include sand filters on their masks, shaded eyepieces, hydration packs, internal cooling systems, and extra seals between their joints to keep out the sand.
When Lewa entered the forests of Bota Magna, his armor adapted to include an internal cooling system, cutting implements to allow him to pass through dense foliage, and radar capabilities to overcome limited visibility.
The armor adapts to add extra layers into the armor to insulate the Toa from cold temperatures.
In addition to their armor, the Toa Nuva each received an adaptive Toa Tool and adaptive Protosteel launcher. The launchers adapt to the Toa's opponents rather than to their environment; these tend to take the form of existing weapons rather than original designs. The Phantoka Toa Nuva's weapons shapeshifted into Midak Skyblasters, which fire spheres of Light that were effective against their Makuta foes. Meanwhile, the Mistika Toa Nuva's weapons took the form of Nynrah Ghost Blasters, which fired light-infused energy that the Toa could shape with their minds.
- Air Saber - Lewa Nuva's main weapon
- Blizzard Blade - Kopaka Nuva's main weapon
- Fire Sword - Tahu Mata's main weapon
- Multi-Resistant Shield - Onua Nuva's main weapon
- Rotating Fire Blades - Tahu Nuva's main weapons
- Twin Propellers - Pohatu Nuva's main weapons
- Midak Skyblasters - The Phantoka Toa Nuva's projectile weapons
- Nynrah Ghost Blasters - The Mistika Toa Nuva's projectile weapons
In early 2008, the Toa Nuva Pohatu, Toa Nuva Lewa and Toa Nuva Kopaka sets were released, representing the Toa's armor adapted for the skies of Karda Nui. In mid-2008, sets depicting the swamp-adapted forms of Toa Nuva Gali, Toa Nuva Tahu and Toa Nuva Onua were released, as well as the vehicle-adapted forms of Pohatu and Lewa that accompanied the Rockoh T3 and Axalara T9 sets, respectively.
In 2010, the additional armor featured on the BIONICLE Stars Tahu set represents his Adaptive Armor in its default form.
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